In continuing to bring our readers new and interesting information about your friends and neighbors, we are presenting our “What’s Your Story” series. This is a Q & A panel of 20 questions that we ask Randolph County Residents. The information is fun facts and good advice from them on various topics. We are interested in seeing what we can learn about our readers in 20 questions! Hope you enjoy!
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Featured this week is: Conan Wallace
From: Winchester | Occupation: District Manager for Ohio Valley Gas in Portland and Winchester
1. Tell us about your family – spouse, children, grandchildren, pets, etc.
I am married to Kathy Wallace. We have 4 children, Peter, Grace, Daniel and Aaron. Peter and his wife Kim have two sons, Evan 4 and Leo 5 months. Grandchildren are a blast. I have three brothers (David, Kevin and Brian) and two sisters (Mary and Susan) who are all older than me! My parents, Bob and Edna Wallace are deceased. Kathy and I have had three dogs in 35 years of marriage; Pauli, Trixie and Murphy.
2. What is your occupation?
I am District Manager for Ohio Valley Gas in Portland and Winchester.
3. How many jobs have you had? Favorite? Least Favorite?
Five jobs with OVG; assistant and district manager of our Sullivan district and Winchester /Union City district and later added Portland district. Also worked as controller at our corporate office in Winchester after moving back to Winchester from Sullivan. Passed newspapers early on then was one of the first employees for Pizza Hut when it came to Winchester. Painted houses with John Segraves (John’s wife Helen was executive secretary many years with OVG) and then painted on my own during breaks from college. I have enjoyed all my jobs -I like to work. Probably the least favorite was controller for OVG.
4. Other than your family members, who in your life do you most admire?
Max Jones was my band director at WCHS. He taught us the value of hard work. He had high expectations and held each of us to his standard. No matter who you were, he let you know if you let him or the program down. He genuinely cared for each of his students and made you the best you could be if you were willing to make the effort.
5. If you could change the world, what would be your first move?
End the senseless persecution and killing of those who are weaker, or of a different nationality or religious following.
6. What is your best advice for someone to experience happiness?
Take time to enjoy what you have. Also, serve others. It will help you experience happiness.
7. You just won millions in the lottery. What will you do with the winnings?
Travel first class.
8. What are 3 things remaining on your bucket list?
Visit national parks, watch baseball in all major league cities, break 40 for 9 holes of golf.
9. What is the best technological invention from the 1950’s forward?
10. What is something that very few people know about you?
I am competitive.
11. What is your biggest pet peeve?
12. What is your favorite memory?
When our son Peter was born. I was on cloud nine for several days.
13. If you found a time machine that would take you back for one day, when would that be? Why?
I struggle with this because I try not to dwell in the past. My mom did not deal well with past and I guess I too want to keep moving forward. I do wish I could go back and tell my parents how much I love them.
14. What is the biggest misconception about you?
I really do care about people. I think some people think that I am aloof and do not care.
15. What is your favorite place to dine within the boundaries of Randolph County?
My favorite times have been at Referee’s.
16. Have you always lived in the Randolph County area? If not where else?
I spent ten years in Sullivan Indiana where Kathy and I met and Peter and Grace were born. I also attended college in Bloomington and spent one summer there.
17. Your biggest contribution to society?
I love to work with people and get the most out of our time together.
18. Most important rule in life?
Treat others as you would want to be treated.
19. Biggest “Game Changer” in your life?
Getting married to Kathy.
20. Will you retire from your current job?
Depends on what day you ask! Yes, but I can see me doing whatever needs done at the moment either as a volunteer or part-time.
FIVE FUN FACTS:
Can you dance?
Yes, when I get relaxed.
Anything from Kathy’s kitchen -she is a great cook.
Favorite type of music?
I like all types of music especially rock, jazz fusion, and musical theatre.